Americans do not have a good sense of priorities. Our mad quest for wealth has led us to create a society in which 1 out of 2 of us has low-income status. We are preoccupied more with the gross national product and the yields on our stocks than the fact that 15% of us actually dwell in poverty. We have the resources to do something about this but timidly sit on our duffs. The parable of the talents is about people with resources who do nothing with them. It is like Benjamin Franklin once wrote: "Hide not your talents, for us they were made, what's a sundial in the shade?"
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.